Carol Summers

Valentine by Carol Summers Woodcut

Valentine by Carol Summers Woodcut

Carol Summers (American, 1925–2016) was born in Kingston, New York. He received his B.A. in Art from Bard College in 1951. Summers is renowned for his vivid colors and revolutionary woodblock techniques he developed in the 1960s. The artist used solvents to transform pigments into dyes that created a watercolor effect on paper. This technique also allowed for rich colors and soft, blurred edges. Summers also worked as a teacher part-time, holding positions at Hunter College, Brooklyn Museum School, Pratt Graphics Center, and Columbia University. 

The artist passed away October 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California at the age of 90. Carol Summers' work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Bibliotéque National in Paris, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others.